In a general perspective, a consensus that the Google a company that treats its users' data more, say, liberal than Apple.
Neither company hides this while Ma acts as a guardian of the privacy of its customers and keeps reinforcing the importance of encrypted processes, performed on the device itself, Google has a very different discourse, stating that the use of data is important to make its services more functional and personalized (as they really are).
Users of the two ecosystems know (or at least I hope they know) this and are aware of the advantages and disadvantages of each approach, I believe. Now, what surprises me to see how much more thirsty for user data is an Android smartphone compared to the iPhone, and this is exactly what a new research has proved.
The researcher Douglas C. Schmidt, professor of computer science at Vanderbilt University, published in Digital Content Next a study (PDF) comparing the number of times that two smartphones, an Android and an iPhone, communicate with the servers of the company that owns the platform (in this case, Google and Apple) to send user data. Result: the robot system does this ten times more that iOS, showed the survey.
Some tests were carried out in the research. In one, an Android smartphone, with Chrome active in the background, and an iPhone, with Safari running the same way, were left out for 24 hours, with no interaction. The Android smartphone sent more than 340 location data to Google in that period (making up 35% of all data sent), while the iPhone sent nothing to the Mountain View giant's servers.
In another test, an inactive Android smartphone sent data to Google ten times more often than the iPhone communicating with Apple's servers. The researcher says that Google has the ability to identify anonymous data (to sell advertising) due to the crossing of information, and you can be tracked even if you are using Chrome's anonymous navigation if you are logged into your company account.
Yes, this is worrying information, but Google has its side of the story: in a note sent to Washington post, the company stated that the study cannot be taken so seriously because it did not respect basic standards of the academic research process and was paid for by a lobby group at Digital Content Next a representative of the digital media industry who has been criticizing the methods of Google and Facebook, and researcher Douglas C. Schmidt testifies to Oracle in a lawsuit against Google involving the Android source code. That is, not everything is as simple as that.
In the doubt, we better consider what is best for us instead of placing all our trust in company "A" or "B" and, mind you, although Apple has been clean in this story, it is also not holy. So, whatever your platform of choice, never think that you are welcomed by a supposed sense of privacy and know exactly what the consequences of maintaining your digital life are; so, at least, you know exactly what you're getting into and decide whether to continue this or not.